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GOOD NEWS: GAC twins get band honors

NORCROSS -- Greater Atlanta Christian School seventh-grade twins William and Joanna Brooks recently got top honors at regional band competitions.

William, a talented trumpeter, was selected by audition for the Georgia Music Educators Association District 13 Honor Band. The group of 150 students from about 50 middle schools came together for a weekend at the Georgia Baptist Convention Center.

Joanna, who plays the trombone, was selected through a nomination process to participate in one of the 100 member bands at the UGA Middle School Band Festival. Out of the selected players, Joanna auditioned for placement and earned a first chair trombone position.

GAC Band Director Wes York said "the twins are quite musically talented and have many opportunities in their future."

The Brooks twins play in the Marching Spartans band, the concert band and the jazz band 2 at GAC.Collins Hill grad makes dean's list at DukeDURHAM, N.C. -- Taylor Ariel Phillips, formerly of Buford, was named to the fall dean's list at Duke University for the fall 2011 semester. Phillips, a Collins Hill High School graduate, was among 2,087 students who achieved the honor.

Phillips is a civil engineering major at Duke University with the Class of 2014.

For more information, visit www.duke.edu.